Canon Color imageClass MF753CDW Laser Printer Review

Canon Color imageClass MF753CDW Laser Printer Review

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Takeaway: High-quality, fast prints in color and black and white. Dual-sided single-pass scanning up to legal size, walk-up, WiFi, LAN, and fax.

Thank you to Best Buy for sending me this printer at no cost. When unboxing this printer, be sure to remove the manual and accessories on top, then turn the box on its right side before sliding the printer out. The printer should end up right-side up if removed from the box this way. You’ll receive the printer, 6 ft power cord, 10 ft phone cord, instruction manuals, and software CD. The printer measures 16.5” wide, 18” deep, and 16.5” high. When the lid is open, the height is 26.5” and when the paper tray and rear access door are open, the overall depth is 36” so be sure to leave some clearance in all directions to access and open all the panels. The weight of the printer is a nearly 50 lbs though there are handle grooves on the sides along the bottom, to make lifting, carrying, or moving the printer easier.

Starting from the top, there is a 50-page auto-document feeder (or ADF), document return tray, the scanner/photocopier glass, tilt-able color touch-panel LCD, 150-sheet output tray, USB port for walk-up printing, power button, 50-sheet capacity manual load multi-purpose tray, pull-out tray for the 4 ink cartridges: black, cyan, magenta, and yellow with starter cartridges pre-installed, and 250-sheet capacity paper cassette. When loaded with legal-size paper the cassette extends 2-1/4” inches from the front of the printer when closed. You can also purchase an optional secondary paper cassette that holds up to 550 additional sheets, which you’d add on to the bottom of the printer.

The release button to access the toner compartment is on the left hand side of the printer. On the back of the printer, you have an access panel for clearing paper jams, fax and telephone jacks on the left-and side, USB-A port, USB-B port, and Ethernet port. This printer also supports WiFi network connections and mobile printing. Note that you should not connect a USB cable to the printer prior to installing the computer software. The port for the power cable is in the lower left-hand corner.

To set up the printer, plug in the power cable and press the power button. The setup guide will appear on the operation panel and the on-screen directions are easy to follow and only takes a few minutes. On your computer, use the software CD or download and install the printer drivers and software from Canon’s website. You can then go ahead and connect the printer to your computer using a USB-B cable if you haven’t already setup a networked connection over WiFi or LAN. At the end of setup, it’ll print a test page with some diagnostic information, and I was impressed that the printer woke up from its sleep state pretty much instantly when the job was sent and only took a couple seconds to warm up and complete the print.

When printing a text-only black and white document the text is clean and crisp, without any streaking or unevenness across the page. It prints fast at up to 35 pages per minute and the first page was ready in the output tray in under 10 seconds. The printer isn’t very quiet while printing and even when it is idle while emit a slight mechanical hum, however, its quick printout speed means that you usually won’t be dealing with the noise for very long and after about 50 seconds of inactivity it goes into sleep mode. After it goes into power-saving sleep mode, the printer is completely silent. For color prints, the images came out with stunning quality, smoothness, and detail. The colors were bright, nicely blended, though perhaps a touch under-saturated and with a slightly softer focus than the digital image. They still looked great, however, with a dry glossy sheen even on 20-lb stock plain letter paper. There was virtually no banding across color gradients, and I would have no regrets printing art or family photos on this machine.

This printer also supports PIN protected secure printing that would require you to enter a PIN number at the machine on the control panel at the time of printing, which would be useful in a public office setting so sensitive documents aren’t printed immediately and sitting in the output tray. For printing without a computer, use the USB port on the front to print PDFs and images from a thumbdrive (note that it doesn't recognize some file types like Microsoft Word documents); you’ll also be able to save scanned documents to a thumbdrive plugged into the walk up port. If the printer is connected to the internet, and you have remote UI setup, you can also scan directly to e-mail or fax by manually keying in the address or phone number or selecting it out of the address book. To print from a smartphone use the ‘Canon PRINT Business’ mobile app or Apple AirPrint, Mopria, and Wi-Fi Direct mobile print services to wirelessly transmit documents to the printer. You’ll also need to install ‘Canon Print Services’ to communicate with the printer.

When using the auto-document feeder (or ADF) on top for copying or scanning, you can capture both sides of a page in a single pass for pages as large as legal size, so there’s no need to flip the page over to scan the other side. When replacing the toner for this printer, you can enable Canon Genuine Mode so that the printer only accepts OEM Canon toner cartridges which have chips that the machine uses to ID them as authentic. This feature is off by default, allowing you to use third-party aftermarket cartridges. There are also 6 customizable quick select menus where you can store your favorite features and functions, for example, one-touch ID Card Copy and Passport Copy.

Overall, this printer lives up to its moniker Color imageClass as it prints both color images and black and white documents with speed and clarity. Whether you have a small business or just want great quality laser prints at home, this printer delivers them quickly, with minimal setup to get started, and a variety of connection options for both small and large networks. The printer has adequate security on control options for enterprise use, and with its ADF and dual-sided scanning capabilities up to legal-size sheets, covers most business and personal scanning, copying, faxing, and mixed media printing use cases.

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